Amongst the squillions of creators exhibiting at the Fifth Home & Garden Expo this year, I had already earmarked Scarlet Creative as one of my must see places. It’s no secret I’m totally passionate about homes in Second Life…and the designs from Charlotte Bartlett had captured my heart. Crisp white lines…freshly mopped wood floors…and the furniture is just incredible. I especially loved the ability to rez items on certain pieces…sushi,flowers,candles etc. I was sooper lucky that Charlotte agreed to answer a few questions I had – thanks Charlotte !
Faithless: Your homes are very different from the usual type of build I see around in SL..where do you find inspiration for them?
“I am a fan of modern design in RL my home is very much mid-century modern in terms of decor and style and I have a range of decor from the 50s but also mixed with new designers (I spend a lot of weekends hunting down things!). I love newer designers like Jason Miller (and am a proud owner of one of his antler lamps 🙂 ) For some reason my designs in SL have come from various inspirational styles but I always have wanted to incorporate the feeling of light and space but still within the constraint of a defined structure.
I get hooked on small little details that I carry through different builds and then evolve them. My first builds in 2006 always had a glass round window in the roof and later on small thin supports into the ground. The new series which will be the For Series is more organic and softer.”
Faithless: What made you create in second life?
” Initially I was in a very different field (non-creative) and wanted to conduct an experiment using Second Life as a platform as a viable creative tool. I was super lucky to meet two amazing builders/artists early in. Scope Cleaver and Maximilian Milosz. Scope created me a custom build (The Bartlett House) and Max created an indoor garden and furniture (ooo and bar!). Scope taught me to build (my first effort was the swimming pool water for the build).
Scarlet Creative was born soon after at the end of 2006 as I really liked what you could do with Second Life. Later on I became a Mole building for Linden Lab, but Scarlet Creative has always been my primary focus in Second Life.”
Faithless: The homes I’ve seen give a feeling of calm & peace..was this your intention or happy coincidence?
” Probably a little bit of both. The reason I love SL is it’s my relaxing little space I come after hectic RL. I am very lucky to have a great circle of close friends / creators who always give me construction feedback on style and design as well. I try to build things that have that lightness about them so carry that feeling through and each one I really am passionate about the finished build. I have no idea if I get that feeling across but I hope people get a little bit of my heart when they have one of the houses.” (yes you do!)
Faithless: What sort of home do you live in when you’re in SL?
” I have a little homestead that I live on. I love supporting other creators and so have a hybrid of items. I actually live in a glass and wooden structure that is filled with plants and is on a hill surrounding by meadows and my new Kitty from Callie Cline ahhah!”
Faithless: Which home designer do you admire, or has encouraged you?
“I love a lot!! I have always loved Barnes (Barnesworth Anubis) purely as his consistent quality and output are legendary. I adore Y’s House and Cheeky Pea is adorable (and I love Isla!). In terms of encouragement Maxwell Graf (my neighbour at RFL Home Expo) is one of the best guys around.”
Faithless: I notice you use mesh…how has that changed (if at all!) the way you create?
” Mesh for me has revitalized my desire to build and so I have 4 houses in the pipeline and all my furniture is being converted over. I LOVE it!! I think it’s great for creators to have a new option and it shows in the quality of the builds now being seen in Second Life. It also, for me at least, has given me ability to now expand my design set. The new build is fully of organic curved walls (Santorini style) and pool. I could never achieve this with prims alone or even sculpts so I love the fact creators can be so original and now have this in Second Life.”
You can visit Scarlet Creative at the Home & Garden expo where she has a couple of beautiful items out as donation pieces for RFL . I did pop over to the mainstore to take a gander at everything..lovely store..well laid out, plussssss I found an item I just couldn’t pass up, the “Scarlet Creative Designer Challenge – Noelle Chalet”, gawd..my heart went pittypatter…such a fantastic build..I bought the furnished version for just 199L…there is also a shell version for just 50L ! Dont forget to take a look in the central furniture section and play with the food on the tables ! Thanks Charlotte for the interview and the insight into your Second Life
Scarlet Creative : Home Expo
Scarlet Creative: on the market place
Scarlet Creative: mainstore
The Home & Garden Expo 2012 blog